The Better Care Better Jobs Act would have an enormous impact on long-term care and Medicaid home and community-based services. Introduced early in summer 2021, the bill would expand access to these services as well as raise wages for direct support professionals –...
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Legislation Update: Elder Abuse Prevention Act of 2021
On Behalf of Simpson Law, PA | Jul 18, 2021 | Legislation
This summer, the US House of Representatives passed a bill to amend the Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act (H.R. 2922). With this legislation, the establishment of a permanent Elder Justice Initiative in the Department of Justice is demanded. What would this...
Who Can Access A Safe Deposit Box After Death?
On Behalf of Simpson Law, PA | Jun 24, 2021 | Estate Planning
If you have a safe deposit box, do you know who can access it after your death? This question becomes even more crucial if you are currently or plan to store estate planning documents in a safe deposit box. Your agents will need to access those documents, and if they...
Storing Your Finalized Estate Planning Documents
On Behalf of Simpson Law, PA | Jun 13, 2021 | Estate Administration, Estate Planning
Once your estate planning documents are finished and signed, you need to store them securely but also be able to access them when needed. For most people, storing these documents in a safe deposit box is not necessary and may actually cause issues if you should pass...
Addressing Retirement Delay
On Behalf of Simpson Law, PA | May 20, 2021 | Estate Planning
After a year or more of job losses or underemployment due to the pandemic and lockdowns, older adults may be looking at retirement very differently. The current full retirement age set by the Social Security Administration is 66 years and 2 months for adults born...
Local Resources for Family Caregivers
On Behalf of Simpson Law, PA | May 10, 2021 | Firm News
Prior to the pandemic, it was a widely known fact that family caregivers tend to experience high levels of emotional and physical burn out, depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, and decreased physical activity. The toll is so common, there’s even a term for it:...
Estate Planning in 2021: The Pandemic and its Aftermath
On Behalf of Simpson Law, PA | Apr 18, 2021 | Estate Planning
For many of us, the pandemic and resultant lockdowns forced us to examine (or reexamine) our estate planning. What does this look like for you? What changes might you expect? Let’s take a look. Medical Decisions First, many of us have been forced to confront difficult...
Elderly Hunger Rose During Pandemic Crisis
On Behalf of Simpson Law, PA | Apr 4, 2021 | Other
Seniors who suffer from hunger are often overlooked, sometimes even by family. If the older adult is living alone and struggling due to mobility or transportation, it may be easy for them to hide the problem, or for family and caregivers, who are not living with the...
Demands for Wills Surged During Pandemic
On Behalf of Simpson Law, PA | Mar 25, 2021 | Estate Planning
The COVID-19 pandemic triggered a rise in estate planning, and yet too many Americans still aren’t planning ahead. In the spring of 2020, news reports were rife with stories of advisors experiencing a surge in demand for wills and estate planning. Power of attorney...
When to Sell Your Parents’ Home
On Behalf of Simpson Law, PA | Mar 10, 2021 | Estate Planning
What are the tax consequences of selling the family home? When should you sell your parents’ or grandparents’ home? This is an enormous decision and may come with added stress, anxiety, and grief, especially if you or your parents have an emotional connection to the...
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